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STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Reborn’ by a series of procedures, she’s energized to help others

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Cristina Civetta was born with a fragile, failing heart. At only 18 hours old, she underwent surgery so that doctors could place a shunt into her heart to improve blood flow.

When she was 19 months old, her lung and heart chambers were filling with fluid. […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: After swapping cigarettes for junk food, Minnesota woman’s new habit is being heart-healthy

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Shivering outside on her deck to have a cigarette in January 1990, Joyce Hobbs decided she’d had enough.

She was 29, and she’d been smoking since she was 13. It was time to quit.

She dropped the habit cold turkey, a major step in protecting herself […]

Follow the coast-to-coast Heart Across America bicycle ride

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Even when a stroke left him unable to talk, walk or use his right side, Sean Maloney knew he’d find a way to defy the odds. And, he did.

A high-ranking Intel executive at the time of his stroke in 2010, Maloney recovered enough to resume […]

April 10th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |1 Comment

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Mom’s heart attack made AHA mission personal for staffer

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

At 63, Kay Machyniak of Wausau, Wisconsin, was working to reduce her risk for heart disease.

While she could do nothing about her family history of problems, she quit her heavy smoking habit. She also lost weight.

She feared that it wasn’t enough. She was often short […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: When assistant principal collapsed, CPR instructor stepped up

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

For more than 20 years, Lisa Smith has taught CPR to students and colleagues in Denver, providing training as many as 30 times a year.

The question she often heard was whether she’d ever performed CPR in an emergency.

No, she would say, adding, “I hope I […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Since recovery, TV meteorologist helps other forecast, prevent strokes

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

It was a little after 5 a.m. on a Wednesday, and Bri Winkler – a 24-year-old TV meteorologist and news reporter in Los Angeles – was getting ready for a spin class.

That’s when she lost hearing in her right ear.

Numbness followed, starting on her face […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Gospel singer’s new tune praises importance of being heart healthy

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Gospel singer LaJaye’ Britt always kept one foot in the music world and another in the medical field.

Whether performing on stage or working as a technician with dialysis and cardiac patients, Britt was totally in tune with others. Then, one day last May, it was time […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Clock operator provides fallen player CPR right on time

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Like any Sunday during basketball season, Debi Mrozowski was sitting next to the court, running the scoreboard and game clock for the Parks and Recreation Department in Wallingford, Connecticut.

“We’ve already called 9-1-1!” she heard someone yell from another court. “He’s unresponsive!”

A 38-year-year old man had […]

March 12th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||0 Comments

New app from Stanford provides heart-healthy tips from AHA

By AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION NEWS

Cardiovascular research? There’s a new app for that.

Stanford University School of Medicine has launched MyHeart Counts, a free iPhone app that can provide users with heart-healthy tips from the American Heart Association while also gathering data that will help researchers study various aspects of cardiovascular […]

March 10th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||1 Comment

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Research fixed her heart, filled it with joy by enabling her to become a mom

Medical technology is always evolving, enabling today’s doctors to do things their predecessors only hoped would be possible.

Knowing that more breakthroughs are always in development helps, too.

Just ask Nina Linder, a mother to two children that doctors originally feared she’d never be able to have.
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Nina was born with aortic […]